From Bryn Mawr, PA — 03/04/2008
I have a few negative things to say about Delta T Group but I think that part of the problem with Work/Life Balance is that employees do not know how to set their own boundaries and then get angry when managers cross them. Personally, I have made it clear what I expect from my career and what I am willing to give and I have never, in 2 years, had my boundaries crossed by any of the management at the Bryn Mawr location. I have seen people who agree to do anything that is asked of them and then complain that they are being taken advantage of, which I think is really pathetic. If you do not want to stay late, say it; if you can't do another interview because you are already overloaded with work, say it; if you think driving to Harrisburg to visit a Client that is only billing out 10 hours a week is a waste of your time, say it. This is your career and you have to take a stand on what you believe in; personally, I have never seen anyone get fired from Delta T for standing their ground in a mature, professional manner and, besides, the worse thing that Delta T can do is fire you. There are a thousand other jobs waiting for you out there and at least a dozen of them are better than the one you have right now. I feel sorry for people who get trapped by this job and stay for so long that they feel worthless and unable to move on.
The location is very nice. Bryn Mawr is a sleepy little suburb off the Mainline and while there isn't much to do out there and I miss working in the city, its a pleasant place to go walk on lunch.
Career potential is nil and anyone that tells you differently is either already a part of management, lying, or poorly misinformed. Here at Bryn Mawr, we have such a Top heavy management structure that there is absolutely no room left for growth. I personally have about 4 managers that I report to, and this doesn't even include the owners of the company. So, please, don't expect to get promoted at Delta T anytime soon because there isn't anywhere for you to go.
My co-workers are awesome and they make the company what it is. Granted, there are always going to be less-than-professional employees in every company and I don't think DTG has more or less than its share. I do wonder, however, how some of the more rude, obnoxious, and incompetent employees keep their job while hard-working SC's and SCA's get gunned down because they didn't make enough calls last week or bring in as many PR's as they did the other 3 weeks in the month. Always curious about that. In some ways it seems that DTG would rather keep lower quality employees because they will not ask for too much or push too hard on bad policies, mostly because they are too scared of losing their jobs or are too unintelligent to realize that they are being abused by their company. Intelligent employees are a threat to a company like this: watch your back.
Finally, my entire reason for adding this review: DTG is moving all SC's to an hourly rate starting this month. While they stumbled through a few lies and weak explanations about the reasoning behind the change, most of us are smart enough to know the truth. This is another system of control that they are adding to monitor your job and restrict your freedom. Now they can dock you while before they couldn't do that because SC's were salaried. So no more Dr appointments or leaving early to pick up your child from school when she is sick...not unless you have the time to pay them back. Personally I think that this is a very insulting move towards people that have families and other obligations. Most companies recognize that everyone has times when they have to leave early or arrive a little late - emergencies, children, family, inclement weather, car trouble, traffic, etc. - and most companies value their workforce enough to pay them for their time. This new hourly rate means a few things that I hope you Bryn Mawr SC's realize: first, they are watching every minute you are there or not there and will pay you accordingly; second, they are going to make you jump through hoops to get your overtime approved; third, its not going to have a reverse affect in that slackers will still safely slack while hard workers will now be pressed even harder to squeeze all of their metrics, visits, interviews, etc. into an 8 hour work day and God forbid if it should go over that. Bad move, DTG. But this is yet another disheartening move in a long series of bad moves so I am not surprised...
...what I am is actively working to move on to my next career adventure and away from DTG.
PS: Maybe we should all Unionize!